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World famous rock orchestra violinist Mark Wood, and original member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will perform with close to 3,000 students from the Sioux Falls Public and Catholic School Systems in what is being called the largest rock symphony concert in Sioux Falls history. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Tickets are $20 and go on sale to the general public Monday, November 7, at 10 a.m. at the PREMIER Center Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. All seats are reserved.

Wood and his orchestra will combine with the students for the opening and ending sections of the concert with Wood’s group performing alone in the center section.

“The Sioux Falls community is thrilled to have Mark and his orchestra in our town and with our students,” says Boyd Perkins, Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts at the Sioux Falls Public Schools. “This is a full blown production in a state-of-the-art arena – lights, sound, and high energy music will be an absolute thrill to experience.”

In the build up to the concert, Wood and his rock orchestra Electrify Your Symphony will be in residence with Sioux Falls middle school students December 14-17.  Students will experience an electrifying arena rock experience in orchestra, band, and choir culminating with the December 17 concert. Students will learn music improvisation, choreography, and a passion for performance that can only come from real performing international rock artists.

Electrify Your Strings!™ (EYS) is a music educational phenomenon that fires up students, teachers, and local communities by injecting a high voltage dose of rock into a school’s music education program. The intensive rock and roll workshop for education departments boosts student self-esteem and motivation, increases school-wide, family, and community engagement, and helps raise money for participating schools.

Conceived by world-renowned musician, Emmy-winning composer, and electric violinist Mark Wood, EYS is celebrating its 17th year of rocking schools and universities across the nation. From the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York to low-income districts such as Nogales High School in Arizona, the premise is simple – Wood works with a school’s music director to tailor a rock orchestra makeover culminating in a live performance at the end of the experience. Profits from tickets sold to the event directly benefit the school’s music programs. The musical selections are surprising – and include Wood’s own compositions and arrangements of classic rock and contemporary music such as Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven,” and the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”